Book: Willows - The Creole (The Delegate Book 3) by Cyndie Shaffstallcategories: Book, New Orleans, Women's Suffrage, Abolition, Right to Vote, Women's Fiction, Black Rights, Slave, Mardi Gras, Belva Lockwood, Boss Tweed, Louisiana, Historical Fiction
Cyndie Shaffstallabout this book: The deep south is a unique place—a place where women and people of color enjoyed more freedoms in the 1700s than anywhere else in the New World. In this book, the narrator tells the story of her father's involvement in the fleecing of the state of New York and the challenge of leaving his legacy behind and starting one of her own.
In the decades before the Civil War, Louisiana was the most advanced in the rights of people of color—Africans and Indians—and women, including the right to vote. Placage laws were created to permit marriage between races, and mulatto, quarteronne, and octoroon children were often recognized by their white fathers in name and by inheritance. They often became business and landowners through gifts or the wills of patriarchs.
The Civil War and Reconstruction brought changes—lots of them. Even in Louisiana, any black lineage became cause for discrimination, and many blacks were relegated to occupations not unlike those of their ancestors. Women's suffrage lost momentum as well, and it was only through the sheer will of women such as Mrs. Stanton and Miss Susan B. Anthony, that the voices of women came to be heard.
The Arceneauxs have a long history of falling victim to circumstance, but heir to the family home, one woman is determined the legacy will end with her. An abandoned house, a fractured family, and an oppressed people, she leaves New York for New Orleans to confront change head on.
Embroiled in the fleecing of New York's bridge funds, she seeks out a new life in New Orleans, but in her pursuit, realizes change is not something needed only for her, but for many. The plantation, still worked by the descendants of the slaves who built it, becomes the anchor for her efforts.
In a story spanning five generations, author Cyndie Shaffstall, takes you on a journey through abolition and suffrage. A Voodoo priestess, a French artist, the first woman presidential candidate, and the world's fair shed light on issues and provide opportunities for a new and better life.
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